Goldenrods (Solidago )
Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant. Ususlly erect and often tall.
The leaves are alternate. Most leaves are toothed but a few species have entire
Flowers: The flowers have numerous parts. They are yellow sometimes white.
Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into mid fall. The center and rays are yellow. The rays are few, seldom
more than ten. Groups of flowers are often clustered on the top edge of branches near or at the top of the
Range: Almost all of North America
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The large number of species and variations make this genus very
difficult resolve to the species. The Goldenrods as a group are well know and very common turning fallow fields and
meadows yellow every fall. Goldenrods are mostly an American genus with the greatest number of species found in the
Southeastern U.S. There are perhaps over thirty species in our area. The yellow flowers signal to hay fever sufferers
that their misery is about to begin. This is because the showy flowers appear at the same time the Ragweeds (see: Annual Ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia) bloom with ubiquitous green flowers that produce
the airborne pollens largely responsible for the hay fever experienced in the fall. Colorful flowers are almost always
pollinated by insects and their pollen is not carried on the wind. Goldenrods often have long lived spreading root systems
and there may be plants that are hundreds of years old.
Lore: See: Anisescented
Goldenrod, Solidago odora
Medical Uses: See: Anisescented Goldenrod,
Similar Species: Canada Goldenrod, Solidago
Anisescented Goldenrod, Solidago odora
Elmleaf Goldenrod, Solidago ulmifolia
By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key
is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that
are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first
book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located
with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over
1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important
features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information
such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee
Native Plant Society.
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